Nueva Invitational

2022 — NSDA Campus, CA/US



We hope your school will attend the fifth annual Nueva Parli Invitational, which is also the first annual Nueva Public Forum Invitational, to be held online on Sunday, January 9.  We’ll run junior and open divisions of parliamentary and Public Forum debate, with at least four preliminary rounds and finals. 


ELIGIBILITY – We will accept middle school teams and/or high school teams.  A high school debater may debate with a middle school debater from their affiliated middle school, and vice versa.  We will accept hybrid teams if we receive written authorization from both school administrators.  Otherwise, students must attend the same school and must compete as authorized representatives of the school they attend.  Coaches may place teams in either the junior or open division using their reasonable discretion.  All teams must be accompanied by verifiably official adult chaperones.  We do not accept club teams or teams from for-profit organizations.


REGISTRATION is through  All entries will be waitlisted pending tournament approval.  We are setting an initial limit of five teams per school per division. 


JUDGES – Schools owe one judge per two entries.  Very experienced high school parli debaters may judge in the junior division, with prior approval.  All judges must have linked accounts, and we hope that open division judges will have posted paradigms.  A limited number of hired judges may be procured (through our Procurement Office) for $150 for the day.  We expect to have some excellent guest judges.  If you know of people we should hire, please let us know.


RULES?   Team prep and coach prep are OK. 


FEES - $45 per team; $150 per hired judge; fees are frozen on January 6.  We have to take checks, payable to The Nueva School, sent to Les Phillips c/o The Nueva School, 131 E. 28th Avenue; we have to have them by Friday, January 7. 


SCHEDULE --  We will have a “virtual bus” checking at 7:30 am on Sunday, January 9.  The tournament should be done by 6:30 pm.


ETC. --  The parli topic committee will be Sam Timinsky, plus whoever else we can trick into service.  We will announce a topic area for two of our rounds not later than January 1. Team and coach prep are fine.  Judges’ decisions are not subject to appeal or protest.  Public Forum will follow NSDA rules/format.


We will send more detailed information as we wend our way through the various online complexities.  Feel free to contact me with questions.  We very much look forward to hosting you!




Les Phillips

Director of Debate

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